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INSIDE DA VINCI'S WORKSHOP

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Ever wondered what it's like to be inside the mind of the most prolific inventor in history?
I got the answers to that question last July 24 when I attended the launch of Da Vinci's Workshop at the SM Mall of Asia.
Before I take you to a tour of the workshop, let's get to know Leonardo Da Vinci first.
Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific and mathematical approach to art produced amazing three-dimensional artworks that later became basis for modern science. Because of his boundless curiosity, uncanny powers of observation and innovative thinking, he conceptualized machines that were considered advanced during his time.
A veritable polymath, the expertise and interest of this Italian Renaissance genius spanned a wide range of subject areas. Apart from painting, he was well-versed in the fields of music, architecture, engineering, math, anatomy, cartography, botany and geology. He was likewise an adroit writer, sculptor and inventor.
"Leonardo Da Vinci was brought to popu…

ISKIN, I HAPPY (AN ISKIN NEW YORK UPDATE)

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You know what I consider the best accessory in my outfit photos? Ray-Bans, of course. But you know what's even better? A clear and younger looking skin.
After a month of using the ISKIN New York skin care kit, I can finally show you the result!
I used to have bigger slightly obvious pores and my skin is always "tired" looking. I sometimes resort to using BB creams if the situation calls for it (shoots, events, etc) but it just doesn't go well with my combination skin resulting to blackheads and whiteheads eventually leading to pimples if you add stress to the equation. Of course, those minor skin situations can be treated with a regular facial visit at Flawless (shameless plug here) but it gets tiring at times especially if I feel that it's becoming more of a responsibility than otherwise. Of course it's our responsibility to take care of our skin (no one else will) but if you're me who tries to juggle practically everything that I see, you'll unders…

LOOKBOOK # 114 - FLASH SPLASH

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Finally got my hands on my first Rayban flashlens pair! I took it for a spin (and by spin, I mean outfit shoot —that's how we bloggers roll) last weekend and here are the results:
Though the idea would've been fun, there's no splashing involved. Fortunately. Have you taken a good look at the pool's tiles?

PENSHOPPE CARD HOLDERS GET A CHANCE TO MEET ENDORSERS MARIO MAURER AND BAIFERN PIMCHANOK

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Penshoppe Card holders can win special VIP passes and a photo opportunity with Thai onscreen partners and endorsers Mario Maurer and Baifern Pimchanok, as they visit the country to promote the local retail brand at the Penshoppe Fan Conference 2013 on August 4, Sunday, to be held 2pm at SM City North EDSA and 5:30pm the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Shop using your Penshoppe Card as the top 50 shoppers to win will be based on the total amount of purchases made from the time they have received and used their cards until July 30, 2013. Customers should present their Penshoppe Card before paying, to have their purchases validated within the promo duration.

The final list of winners will be announced on August 1, Thursday, 6pm at Penshoppe's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Each winner will also be notified via email and SMS as well. For the full promo mechanics, visit Penshoppe's Facebook page.

For updates on Penshoppe, visit www.penshoppe.com, like www.facebook.com/penshoppeofficial an…

POCKET POWER: FALL'S BEST CARGO PANTS

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I'm itching to get my hands on GQ's August issue (it's not yet available at Fully Booked, or is it?) but I can't wait to share this surprising twist of sudden importance (it's unexpected, really) for the inhabitants of the bottom shelf of well... my bottoms, The cargo pants.
Third photo is a hair inspiration. The rest? Lookbook!
Just a few years ago, cargo pockets were synonymous with everything embarrassingly bad about American style. But in one of the most unexpected trends of the fall, designers have reimagined them, snatching them back from the bong-suckin' frat boys and sewing them onto jackets, shirts, pants, and beyond. Here, actor Douglas Booth takes the new utilitarian look out for a long weekend in the wild. (GQ)

Now where the hell are my cargo pants?!

WATSONS MEN'S ZONE

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In Watsons, men's grooming is quick, simple, and rewarding, and they house the best grooming products that'll get men to look good and feel great.
Knowing that men hardly have the time and patience to scour through rows and rows for their grooming essentials, in comes Watsons Men Zone*, a one-stop-shop that has anything and everything just for men.
The Male Checklist:
Made For Men
Because the Watsons Men Zone is made especially for men, purchases are also duly rewarded with special gifts, freebies, and invites to exclusive events. At Watsons, they not only know what's best for women, but expanding their expertise to cover what's best in male grooming maintaining to be a reputable and dependable store of overall health, beauty and wellness.

With the grooming solutions available at the Watsons Men Zone, men can take the reins, be the men they want to be, and in turn, snag the women, life, and career they want. Now, who wouldn't want that? Today's men are geared, …

VERNIECE ENCISO IS PINKBOX PERSONIFIED

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I kinda saw this coming.
Everyone, meet Pinkbox's newest face, Verniece Enciso.

SM ACCESSORIES PRE-FALL 2013 COLLECTION

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The best thing about Manila traffic is that you get to appreciate the beauty of the towering billboards along EDSA.
Like this one from SM Accessories!
Witness again the fashion authorities glammed up to the nines with their hand-picked pieces from SM Accessories. Fashion becomes versatile as Xian Lim, Georgina Wilson, Anne Curtis and Richard Gutierrez star in the SM Accessories for the third quarter.
Ladies, take your pick from classic gold, grey and silver jewelry that match virtually any outfit you ma think of. As for the guys, it's time to stock up on your trusted gear in shades of blue, brown and black.

Not so much into the classic pieces? Step up and give in to the much-awaited SM Accessories Pre-Fall Collection this month. Indulge your senses with captivating pieces of the season crafted by the only fashion accessories authority. Ladies would not be able to resist the romance of florals and teals, or focus on cutting-edge metal accessories for those who mean business, while …

LOOKBOOK #113 - SUSPENDERS + ERIKA

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When a witty one-liner for a look's title escapes your mind on a Thursday morning,
you tend to waddle in territories that are obvious.

Suspenders
+ Erika

WHAT'S NEW: THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE COOL & CREAMY WASH | FACE MASK SACHETS

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Good news to the fans of The Body Shop's Tea Tree range! The brand just released its latest addition to their most favored product line: The Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash and the Tea Tree Face Mask plus a couple more!
First up is the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash.

INSTAXED! #34 - PAM QUINONES

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Happy birthday to the hottest and most talented stylist I know, Pam Quinones! I don't know if you'll still remember this but we met way back in 2008 at one of the events I hosted. It was for Tomato at SM Manila. You were a resident stylist for the brand then. We even had a photo together! I published it on Friendster… but Friendster died.

Anyway, happy birthday again! Stay hot, stay awesome!

MY #ATLAST MOMENT

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Finishing 10k at the recent adidas King of the Road. No training whatsoever. It was also my first marathon. 10k baby, 10k!
But really, the actual #AtLast moment here was when I got past the 9k mark. I never thought that I could, but I did! The good thing about this whole experience is that now I'm more than motivated to continue running and integrate it as part of my exercise routine. I don't go to the gym so I think that's the least I can do for my body.
How about you? Do you have any #AtLast moments? Share it on Godiva Skin's Facebook page and you might just be rewarded with a Godiva Gift Pack!
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COCA-COLA CALLS ON YOUTH TO JOIN THE 2013 TAYO AWARDS

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Coca-Cola Philippines, through its social investment arm Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., is calling on youth groups all over the Philippines to join this year's Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of Filipino Youth organizations in social development through innovative projects.
TAYO's partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. began in 2005 through the "Coke Barkada Award," which is given to the group that best demonstrates the Coke Barkada spirit of collective volunteerism, or "working together for the community and living the value of positive action for positive change." The winning group receives a trophy and a cash grant. The award is part of the Foundation's  response to the global initiative of Coca-Cola that aims to focus on sustainability by improving personal well-being, building stronger communities, and protecting the environment. Coca-Cola Foundation Philip…

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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No other movie sequel could ever compare to the excitement that this is giving me. Seriously…
Tissues for my palms please.

They've also started showing some of the actors playing the former victors/tributes for the 75th Hunger Games Quarter Quell.
We all know District 12's Katniss and Peeta. And if you're also a fan of the book, let me hear you say "Spot on!" (at least to some of them)

LOOKBOOK #112 - GEEK

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I'm too old to pass off as a Candy Cutie so this is my way in getting Cosmopolitan to notice me (and probably consider me on their 69 list for 2013?) instead.
For sure I'll be the sexy geek —that is if there's a category for that. But seriously. Who am I kidding?

I can't pose shirtless in front of a camera for the life of me. Hanggang sando lang ako pre.

Now if only there's such a thing as a Cosmo Cutie.
So which do you prefer? A geek with...
…or without his glasses?
What I wore:

WHAT'S UP: THE TEEGRAM 100 FACES OF SM YOUTH | 50% OFF ON SWITCHEASY CASE | 50% OFF ON URBANEARS TANTO HEADPHONES

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100, 50 , 50.
That's what's up.
SM Youth is in search of 100 faces to start the Tee Revolution!
SM Youth is encouraging all dynamic individuals to show their best ensemble and join TeeGram on its Facebook page. 100 best looks will be chosen across the nation with each revolutionaries receiving Php5,000 GC from SM and shirts from TEE Culture. On top of that, they will be given a limited edition shirt specifically designed for this event and will also be part of a photo mural that will be installed in all SM Department Stores which will also appear on digital billboards.  Take the challenge now (Click HERE) and join the TEE revolution in 5 easy steps!
1. REGISTER - Click the Teegram tab in the SMYouth Fanpage and register.
2. SHOOT! - Wear that swag TeeCulture on and snap a dope photo!
3. UPLOAD - Upload the original photo in the tab before moving on to the next step.
4. INSTAPOST - Stitch your photos (to show some detail) and post it on Instagram.
5. HASHTAG - And use all thes…

LOMOGRAPHY 102: DIY WORKSHOP

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Turning vision into reality, analogue photography encourages one to connect with the world and in the real life beauty of the moment. With so many possibilities and new things to experience in using film, there is much originality and authenticity to the Analogue Future. Start unlocking your analogue potential in Lomography 102: Do-It-Yourself Workshop with Lomography enthusiast, Erick Cusi on July 27, 2013, 2pm at Cafe de Seoul (2/F One Archer's Place Bldg., Taft, Manila).

Erick will be facilitating DIY sessions on Film Canister Love Letter Masking, and 135 Modification for Holga and Diana.

Tickets are available at Team Manila Robinsons Place Manila and Trilogy Robinsons Place Manila at Php200. Freebie kits from Lomography and Trilogy will also be given.

There is much to discover in the analogue world, go and explore it!

WHAT'S HOT: SM ACCESSORIES MEN'S (JULY)

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My July finds from SM Accessories are not my usual. No bracelets, no scarves and just a couple of bags. But I managed to score some trinkets which I never expected to find from the SM Accessories section like these Film toothpick holders (which I'm planning to use as storage for old rolls of films) and this red Van paperweight. There's a leather case for my watches too!
And of course, a couple of rainy day essentials: a not-too-feminine umbrella and a travel pillow for those long and rainy nights stuck in traffic.
Now you too can hoard twice as much SM Accessories items this month of July because it's the nationwide SM Accessories Sale!
Hurry! Up to 50% Off on awesome accessories until the end of this month only!
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THE BATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT (THE REASON WHY I TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY SKIN)

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I have this article in my drafts for quite some time now. I got this from GQ and I'm just waiting for the right moment to publish it and I think now is the perfect time.
You see, GQ is like a bible to me in a way. Whatever it says, I follow. Truth be told, I read my GQ magazines more than my bible. Sorry Jesus.
Now back to the relevance of this post, we're gonna talk about skincare. Yes, skincare for guys. It's from GQ so it's legit. We men can talk about it now. Again, GQ says so.
But I'm gonna ease your way into understanding and at the same time appreciating the benefits of taking care of one's skin.
Take the time to read this very interesting article:
The Bath to Enlightenment Are you the kind of rough-and-tumble guy who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't give a damn about silly things like hygiene, a savings account, or a healthy liver? Dude it might be time to take a bubble bath. I look back on my twenties and shudder. Let me know if any of this so…

CLEAR DREAM MATCH II SLATED ON AUGUST 24

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Up until last July 10, I never really knew much about the Clear Dream Match other than the first one held was during at the peak of soccer's popularity here in our country and that its faces were those of the Younghusbands.
At the launch of the second Clear Dream Match, guests were asked which team will they root for this year by choosing the James or Phil CLEAR uniforms upon entrance at K-PUB BBQ in BGC.
I went with my gut instinct (and by instinct, I meant Angel Locsin's —she's a friend by the way) by choosing Phil. It got me a friendly tap on the shoulder and a "Good choice!" comment from Phil himself.

It was also at the event I discovered that Phil was last year's reigning Clear Dream Match champion. So I guess I made the right choice.
In its second year, the biggest football all-star game in the Philippines, the Clear Dream Match, returns with more football talent and a more intense rivalry between Phil and James Younghusband.

CHEAP MONDAY VIGNETTE, BRATPACK GREENBELT 5

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I was fortunate enough to catch the last day of the last Manila leg of the Cheap Monday Vignette caravan at Bratpack, Greenbelt 5 today.

Putting up a Sharpie Freedom Wall at their first leg in Alabang Town Center (June 15 - 16) and Free Digital Nail Art in Trinoma (June 29 - 30), this time Cheap Monday had a Cheap Art Party in Bratpack Greenbelt 5.
I don't know exactly what went on but I'm sure the party was a blast! And where there is a Cheap Monday Vignette, there' a whole lot of canvas bags...
and Sharpie markers to play around with.
Of course, those were used to create Cheap Monday canvas art bags.
Here's my masterpiece,

IGRAB REDEFINES ONLINE MARKETING WITH LAUNCH OF WEBSITE AND FIRST REDEMPTION STORE

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iGrab, the newest online portal for quality retail deals and products, recently launched its site and first redemption store at the country's one-stop, nonstop tourism destination, Resorts World Manila.
With enticing discount offers ranging from the latest gadgets, food deals, travel packages, events access,  wellness, and other premium retail products; iGrab has set a new trend in E-commerce and online marketing.

Stemming from mother company, Netdeals, Inc., iGrab serves not only as a portal to great deals for online consumers, but also as a merchant platform to promote the best brands of today.
"Our offers consist of reputable and premium items, which are not necessarily expensive but are known to be good quality products," according to Jay Padua, iGrab's Director for Marketing. "What sets us apart from other E-commerce sites aside from better deals and more premium brands, is the technological design we've mounted from the offshoot. You can easily browse …

INSTAXED! #33 - KARROTS NAZARENO | LIVE LOVE LOZ - PAUL THE PR GUY

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I'm overwhelmed. Really.
I don't know how to give this entry a nice start 'coz I'm pressured that you might just skip this (just like Karrots) and read some of my press releases instead but if you're curious as to how I sound like and wanna hear my views on blogging, read on! Please.
But I know one thing's for sure, Karrots won't skip this one. She's in it! Instaxed-style pa.
Now, how's that for a nice intro?
Karrots is like the cool aunt from your mother's side of the family. The type who will let you drink rum despite you being a minor or let you smoke hash let you stay up way past your bedtime. She's that cool.
And fun/funny too!
Just like her "popular" (naks!) online show Live Love Lolz which I guested in last night. If you missed it, here you go... You can thank me later. Enjoy!
More Karrots news! She's making a blog comeback. It's up na pala. HERE. You can also stalk her! Twitter | Instagram and her show! (Live Love L…

CHARINA SARTE REINVENTS THE WAY PEOPLE LOOK AT UNIFORMS

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Gone are the days when uniforms have to be boring and traditional. Enter premiere resortwear designer Charina Sarte who has defied that perception when she forayed into uniform design, making us see the traditional work wear in a totally new light.
Customers and bystanders alike coming in at the Globe Store in Boracay will surely feel the island vibe with the accommodating and friendly staff garbed in Charina Sarte-designed uniforms. With graceful designs, beautiful fabric selections, and exquisite craftsmanship, each piece of the uniform ensemble makes it truly unique and special.
The uniforms were 50's inspired. I made shirt dresses for the ladies which I thought were the perfect silhouette for a resort uniform. Then I chose a vibrant print to bring to life the minimalist and modern look of the Globe Store," Sarte explains. "The men's uniform, on the other hand, is all about comfort and style, so I made short-sleeved polo shirts paired with knee-length shorts. Both…

LOOKBOOK #111 - PATRIOTIC

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You guessed wrong. Wore this NOT on the 4th of July.

Actually, it was the day after. Have I ever told you I hate cliches?
So July 5 was National Events' Day (again) and this is me showing my "patriotism" to our country by attending/supporting two events from a couple of successful homegrown brands (correct me if I'm wrong) which I've grown to love.
Attended the Bench presscon for Lee Min Ho's "My Everything" World Tour that afternoon; checked out the 25 Important Things I Learned from Bench gallery after —both at the Bench Tower,
and the Globe Tatt Awards Night at the Manila Peninsula.
What I wore: